Chesham travelled to MK to play City in the Bucks Plate semi-final for what proved to be a closely contested encounter. Chesham started strongly, with the blustery conditions in their favour, and soon had City on the back foot. Taking the ball from the base of a scrum the Chesham No 8 used his pace and size to score close to the posts making the conversion straight forward.
Despite some good work in the loose with George, Ryan and Bailey winning turnover ball City where kept on the back foot and under pressure by a well drilled Chesham pack. With little control at the set and in the loose Connor found himself constantly under pressure and was not able to get the backline going forward and the pressure mounted as City failed to get beyond the gain line. Strong tackling by Tom, Mitchell, Alex and Jack prevented Chesham taking full value from the possession they had until, moving the ball wide, Chesham found space and scored a second try which was duly converted.
Working off scraps City moved the ball wide to the right and Jake made good ground, the ball was recycled and moved quickly to the left and Dan made a break to beat the first line of defence but was not quite able to round the fullback. City, now on the font foot for the first time, put pressure on the Chesham who conceded a number of penalties. City finally broke through the Chesham defence with Franco driving over to score.
Down 14 to 5 at half time, City stepped up a gear and benefited from having the wind at their backs. More hard work at the break down by Lee and Franco gave City quick ball that they ran at the Chesham mid field making further ground. Good clearing out by George enabled the ball to be recycled quickly and Jordan was able to break clean through to score.
Ryan fielded the kick-off and drove the ball back at Chesham, again the ball was recycled quickly and runs from Bailey, Harry and Francesco sucked in the Chesham defence and allowed Darius to break clear to score unopposed under the posts with Dan making the conversion.
Strong tackling by the Chesham 10 and 15 broke up some good play by City, with Alex making ground with some strong running. Chesham’s forwards ability to turnover and win ball on the floor stifled City’s attempts to put more points on the board and Chesham held out to win the contest.
With the game so tight a number of replacements did not get game time and coaches appreciate the contribution James, Tyler, Aiden, Matthew, Michael and Adam made on the day and at training.